This is a unique challenge blog where we are inspired by and focus on the Vintage; shabby; mixed-media; art journaling; industrial, timeworn and steampunk genres and encompass the talent, flair, expertise and ideas of many artists that we are inspired by. We welcome all types of projects - cards, journaling, assemblage, layouts, albums, atcs, altered art in fact whatever you want to share (as long as it is in good taste).

Friday 4 September 2020

Cogs, Gears and Textures

Hello everyone, It's Ann here to welcome and introduce to our new challenge here at A Vintage Journey! The chosen theme this time is

Cogs, Gears and Textures

Here is the challenge brief:

Let us see you create amazing textures on your cogs and gears. Embossing powders, pastes, rusting or gilding waxes, acrylics ..... whatever your imagination suggests. Just remember to create your project in one of our preferred styles: vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

As usual, the Creative Guides have some projects to help inspire you, be sure to visit their blogs and leave them some comment love.


I really like the theme of "industrial" and "steampunk". I used a lot of gears and Mechanics 3-D Embossing Folder to make this deco. I will do a tutorial here on the blog of how it all came together soon, meanwhile, if you want to see more photos, just visit my blog.

For my project this month I decided to revisit an older tag that I first posted in 2016.  It is one of my favorites so wanted to give it a second life.  With the theme of  Cogs, Gears and Texture - it fits perfectly.   I hope you will stop by my blog here to say hi.

What a fabulous theme... it gave me a chance to take some of the techniques I've learned from Andy Skinner over the years out for a spin.  I had to adapt them slightly as I'm working with a travelling stash at the moment, but I did have three different texture pastes for the background and, thankfully, I'd remembered to put in some chipboard cogs and gears!  Come over to Words and Pictures to see how it all came together.

I decided to create some Steampunk Butterflies using Cogs & Gears for Ann's fabulous challenge theme. A TH embossing folder provided texture on the  corners of the tag too. Further details regarding my make can be found on my blog HERE

Ann's fabulous challenge has given me a great opportunity to get out my stash of MDF cogs and gears and go to town with my favourite rusting techniques. If you'd like to learn more, hop over to my Artistic Craft Dabbler blog and all will be revealed.

Cogs, Gears, and Textures is a fantastic challenge (thanks Ann!)! I decided to create a tag mixing some of my favorite products! The new Distress Color Crackling Campfire is perfect for this challenge! 
I'm in the Halloween mood so I continue to create following this theme! If you want to read how I made the background visit my Blog Yayascrap & More.


I'm sure you'll agree our Creative Guides have shared some fabulous projects offering lots of inspiration. 
We would love for you to join us in this challenge as we are really looking forward to seeing your creations. 
At the end of the challenge the Creative Guides will choose 3 Pinworthy winners who will each be awarded a Pinworthy badge to display on their blog and their winning projects will be pinned to our pinterest board. 
The Challenge begins today and remains open for entries until 1st Octorber 2020. 

Creative Wishes 
Ann x

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  1. Thank you for a great challenge Ann! Fabulous projects from the Creative Guides as always ! X

  2. What a superb array of projects Ann x Love your design and look forward to viewing the process in a couple of weeks x
    Hoping to visit over the weekend as a busy day ahead xx

    Have a lovely weekend
    Annie xx

  3. Fabulous projects Ladies, each one offering a wonderful dose of inspiration for the challenge.
    Have a lovely weekend one everyone
    A x

  4. Steampunk heaven... Lovely work ladies!

  5. All textural and I love it!....Thank you for the amazing inspiration x.

  6. What wonderful designs from the team - many inspiring ways to incorporate cog, gears and texture!

  7. Such amazing creations from the Creative Guides! Thanks for the inspiration 😁. Happy September everyone! Hugs, Jo x